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As expected, Southern Hillsborough County area residents came out in force to attend a recent town hall meeting seeking answers for the county’s ongoing and ever increasing transportation issues. Hillsborough County Commissioners Sandra Murman and Stacy The joint meetWhite, left, are joined by a panel of representatives from HART, ing hosted by FDOT, County Public Works and Engineering all facing a large Commissioners crowd of south county residents during a recent transportation town hall meeting at Lennard High School. Stacy White (District upcoming projects such as widening 19th 4), and Sandra Murman (District 1), held Ave., Big Bend Rd. and Apollo Beach on Monday, June 26 at Lennard High Blvd., Murman said things are getting betSchool in Ruskin gave a clear testimony ter, but as a whole the county is far from to all present of the magnitude of the being done. problem at hand even as officials are “Step one is better roads, step two is tasked with balancing population growth better transit,” Murman said, adding that with traffic, transportation and mobility the pressure is on, but that it is only the woes and a budget deficit. beginning. The panel of officials including Commissioner White agreed with the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit sentiment that South County is in need of (HART) Chief Executive Officer Katherine much more attention, when he said, “I am Eagan, Florida Department of on the record stating that South County is Transportation Planning and a red headed stepchild and we got to pay Environmental Administrator Ed better attention.” McKinney, Jacobs Engineering Planning White added that he is also on the and PD&E Group Director Scott Pringle, record to say that the community needs a County Administrator Mike Merrill and strong voice and he and Commissioner several members of the County Public Murman want to give ear to residents and Works and Transportation staff faced address these pressing transportation nearly 200 in attendance, all with serious issues. concerns and plenty to share. A major concern on the table—pend“We are glad to see a large crowd of ing public hearings and board review— folks many of whom feel disconnected HART is reportedly planning to roll out 34 and deserve to know what we are doing routes in October, down from the existing on their behalf,” Murman said. “South 41. County residents are dealing with gridEagan said, that some of the routes locks, congestions and delays that we will be new; some will stay as is while othcannot ignore.” While mentioning progress and Continued on Page 7

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Members of the East Bay High School Chorus are hard at work during a recent car wash fundraiser on Big Bend Rd. in Riverview. Gearing up for the new season, the 160-member chorus led by director Brian Nesmith is raising money to support the department, the school’s art program and to help pay for upcoming trips and events.

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While driving down Interstate 75 in Florida, one might notice a bright red building near Exit 250. That building houses the locally owned farmers market in Riverview called The Big Red Barn. When individuals come here, they will feel like they’re home. Under new ownership, The Big Red Barn reopened July 1. Foundation Coffee Co., Kona Ice and Rack City Ribz came during the opening. Owners Chris Phillips and his wife Courtney Phillips loved the building and knew they could use their experience in produce to bring the business to life. The square footage of this two story building equals 8,000 sq. ft. The first floor serves as the main shopping area and that would be 6,000 sq. ft. On the other hand, the total square footage of the second floor would be 2,000 sq. ft. People can sit inside or outside in picnic tables too. “We want this place to be a community and a destination for families to bring their children and connect with others,” Chris said. The Big Red Barn will carry more than 300 conventional and organic produce from local growers. Prices do vary and fresh produce does get delivered everyday, seven days a week. Individuals will discover a wide range of cheeses and Amish products too. People can also purchase milk, fresh bread and other locally sourced items as well such as Sunshine Canning. They can be found in Bradenton,

Florida and use fresh ingredients without any preservatives in their artisan jams and more. In the future, The Big Red Barn plans to service local restaurants or any other places here that would like fresh produce. This will also be a pickup for wholesale people too. Individuals can also place a special request and The Big Red Barn will order it for them. It will also act as an events space as well. For more information, visit www.bigredbarnflorida.com. Check out Facebook and search The Big Red Barn Florida. It is located at 10070 Fern Hill Dr. in Riverview. Open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m.- 9 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Call 672-8888.

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New Afghanistan Memorial Dedication At Park Slated For Fall 2017

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all those that took part including Florida's 151 fallen in Operation Enduring Freedom 2001-2014. The Department of Consumer and Veterans Services, the Veterans Council of Hillsborough County, and the Museum and Parks Committee also presented a The Iraq Veterans Memorial was held at Veterans ceremony and gatherspecial Memorial Park, 3602 U. S. Highway 301 N. in Tampa stands to honor the fallen. ing last month in honor of those who served and died in The Veterans Memorial Park and Korea, “The Forgotten War.” Museum Committee is pleased to Event invitees included all branches announce the date and time for the upcoming Afghanistan Memorial dedica- of service and their families, especially U.S. military men and women who tion ceremony to be held later this fall. served and died in Korea. The event is scheduled for “The June 24 gathering marked the Saturday, October 7 at 10 a.m. at 67th anniversary of the start of the Hillsborough County’s Veterans Korean War, sometimes called “The Memorial Park and Rear Adm. LeRoy Forgotten War” for its lack of public Collins, Jr. Veterans Museum at 3602 awareness as compared to other U.S. N. Highway 301 in Tampa. conflicts,” Goujon said. The committee was also pleased The special event featured Col. with the commitment of General Joseph Changhun Lee, ROK Army Senior L. Votel, who agreed to be the keynote Nation Representative to U.S. Central speaker for the event. Command, Don Yong Shin, Past According to Afghanistan Memorial President, Korean Association of West Committee member Mark Goujon the Florida, Kenneth Kim, Pastor, First long awaited memorial is to honor Korean Presbyterian Church of Tampa, Hillsborough County’s 16, and Florida’s POW/MIA Missing Man Ceremony by 135 Fallen and Veterans of Operation the Korean War Veterans of America, Enduring Freedom (OEF). Chapter 175 and Rifle salute and taps “The Veterans Park Committee is grateful for the success of its recent war by Sgt. Walter P. Ryan Detachment 1226, Marine Corps League, in memorial dedication ceremonies,” Riverview. Goujon said. For more information, please conSuch recent events include the Iraq Veterans Memorial dedication ceremony tact Hillsborough County Consumer and Veterans Services at 246-3170. held on December 14, 2013, honoring

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Start Of Rainy Season Too Little Too Late To Avoid Countywide Water Restriction

On the night The of April 14 and 15, many disadchildren from lowvantages income families slept faced by their together on the floor. children include a But they weren’t shortage of complaining. They slept at the Kennedy experiences Space Center. The that conretired Space Shuttle tribute to a Atlantis was suschild’s backpended overhead. ground Ana Jose, Maria Herrera and Graciela Arellano knowledge. The next day, they capsule in the Rocket Garden at An Interfaith would compete with try out a space Kennedy Space Center. grant of 80 other school $8,855 in March was one of the largest teams in the annual Florida Elementary Science Olympiad. field-trip grants that the Academies ever The two-day experience was a received. reward to the best science students at Some $2,300 of it paid the school’s RCMA Wimauma Academy. It was made entrance fees for the Science Olympiad. possible through a grant from Sun City The academies have plans for other trips Center’s Interfaith Social Action Council drawing on the remaining $7,500. They for field trips at the K-5 charter school, include the Museum of Science and and its sister middle school, RCMA Industry, the Tampa Children’s Museum, the Busch Gardens Zoo School, the Leadership Academy. Florida Aquarium and the Dali Museum. “It was a great experience, and a At the Kennedy Space Center, the great motivator, for the students,” said students plunged into a dozen competiJulie Munger, a fourth-grade teacher tions. Two involved designing and buildwho chaperoned. “They had to work hard in class, and they had to do assign- ing water rockets and model bridges. ments in preparation for the competiStudents identified scientific terms. tion.” At the end, the Wimauma team finThe Academies are operated by the ished in 32nd place based on points Immokalee-based Redlands Christian scored. Migrant Association, which also runs 67 “They came back tired – and child-care centers in 21 Florida counties. proud,” Munger said. “They had learned All cater to rural low-income families. a lot of science just to make the team. Most of those families – and nearly all at But they also learned a lot during the the Academies – are led by Hispanic Olympiad.” farm workers. Visit www.rcma.org.

The 2017 hurricane • Hand-watering: season officially began residents may handon June 1, and as water plants and shrubs, hoped brought some or use a micro-irrigation much needed rain to system in landscaping ease and give some beds at any time. relief to bay area resi• New sod and landdents. scaping: Days 1-30, Unfortunately, even water any day. Days 31the increase of rainy 60, water approximately days are but a drop in a Hillsborough County officials and every other day (evenSwiftmud have declared a Modified bucket for the region, Phase III Water Shortage for sev- numbered addresses on not enough to make up Tuesday, Thursday and eral counties. for months of less-than-normal amounts. Sunday; odd-numbered addresses on Coupled with dozens of brush fires Monday, Wednesday and Saturday). that scorched communities statewide, • Vehicle washing: individuals may local officials issued tighter water restricwash vehicles once a week, on the destions, in June, including limiting lawn ignated watering day for the address. watering to once a week. • Pressure washing: allowed once a The Southwest Florida Water year or to address a health or safety hazManagement District (Swiftmud) has ard, or to comply with health laws. declared a Modified Phase III Water • Fountains and other aesthetic water Shortage for features: may The new schedule for watering established lawns and several counties, landscaping throughout Hillsborough County, including only operate including the cities of Tampa, Plant City, and Temple Terrace, is: eight hours per • Addresses ending in 0 or 1 – Mondays Hillsborough, day. • Addresses ending in 2 or 3 – Tuesdays Pasco and • HOAs • Addresses ending in 4 or 5 – Wednesdays Pinellas, effec- • Addresses ending in 6 or 7 – Thursdays must suspend tive until at least • Addresses ending in 8 or 9, locations with no address, and any requireTuesday, Aug. 1. locations with mixed addresses (such as office complexes and ment to centers) – Fridays The tighter shopping replace lawns, County officials said that all watering must be done before 8 restrictions apply a.m. or after 6 p.m. pressure wash, to all residents or engage in and most water sources including private other activity which increases water use. wells and ponds or lakes that are used as In unincorporated Hillsborough alternate irrigation supplies. County, violating the restrictions could While reclaimed water customers are mean a fine of $100 for the first offense, exempt from the water restrictions they $200 for the second, leading up to $500 are asked to avoid using the resource for the fifth and succeeding violations. excessively or unnecessarily. Visit HCFLGov.net/Water.

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Dr. Ann M. cate of migrant Cranstonfamilies coordiGingras, pronates the fessor of event. She Special says, “We Education and need to honor Director of the both the students and the Center for families for Migrant making educaEducation at tion such a prithe University ority. For many, of South they were the Florida, told The 10th Annual Migrant Graduate Banquet. first of their Education families to graduate from high school.” World, “The most significant and unique This year, families heard the keynote challenge faced by migrant students is address from Lennard High graduate mobility-induced educational discontinuEsbeydy Villegas, an advocate for racial ity.” justice in education, now majoring in crimDespite overwhelming odds, the Southshore Chamber of Commerce cele- inal justice at the University of Michigan. Additionally, the Southshore brated with the families of thirty-four Chamber raised nearly $3000 to give a Hillsborough County high school graduates at the 10th Annual Migrant Graduate scholarship to a deserving student. The student will not be named, but Rimes Banquet on May 9. Students and their described what an amazing young man families came together due to the generhe is: “After four years of ROTC in high ous support of the community to celeschool, he found out that he missed the brate an achievement that is no small cut off for the Deferred Action for feat. Childhood Arrivals (DACA) by only four Children of migrant workers not only months. This completely eliminated his move around as their parents follow chance of being in our military…he has crops requiring them to continually enroll since then come up with a new goal. He in different schools, but they often face wants to become a mining engineer!” additional barriers including poverty, lanRimes shared that he not only guage barriers, and the need to work attended high school every day, but he alongside their parents. also worked from 3PM until 10:30PM on The path to a high school graduation the farm Monday-Friday with additional is not easy, but in many ways children of hours on weekends. migrant workers face a far rockier road. For more information, Ms. Rimes can Melanie Rimes, executive director of be reached at 645-1366. the Southshore Chamber and an advo-

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Chamber Hosts Teachers At Annual Teaching To Excellence Breakfast By Kate Quesada

The annual Greater Riverview Chamber Teaching to Excellence breakfast will take place at The Regent in Riverview on August 4. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

The Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce (GRCC) is asking for help welcoming local teachers back to school next month. For more than 10 years GRCC has hosted educators from 23 Riverview area schools at its Teaching to Excellence breakfast and sponsors are needed to donate supplies and more. The event, which was originally created by Dr. Earl Lennard who lives in Riverview, will take place on Friday, August 4 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. According to GRCC Executive Director Tanya Doran, guests will be treated to a delicious, hot breakfast, entertaining speakers, networking opportunities and raffle prizes for the teachers, in addition to being able to pick up gifts at multiple sponsored Teacher Supply Stops. Each elementary, middle and high school with a Riverview address, both public and charter, is invited to send its new

teachers along with its principal and teacher of the year from the previous school year. “Each year teachers leave this event with a big smile on their face and an even bigger bag of supplies

on their arm,” said Doran. “To many of these teachers this bag means the world to them. For every team in that bag, it is money they did not have to spend out of their own pocket to support the children of our community.”

This year Doran is expecting 250 new teachers in addition to the principals and teachers of the year. Tickets are available to GRCC members for $25 each. “The event is successful thanks to the incredible community support of our GRCC members, their representatives and our local residents who are happy to have this opportunity to give back,” said Doran. The chair for this year’s event is Kendra Wilson with Suncoast Credit Union, Riverview and co-chair is Dixie Brady with Pilka & Associates, P.A. Many different sponsorship opportunities are available to GRCC members, from the Honor Roll to the Valedictorian Level, each offering logo display at the breakfast, recognition during the program, ads in the planner given to attending teachers and tickets to the event. Donations of paper and cash are always appreciated and ads in the planner can be purchased separately. For more information on the event or to discuss sponsorship opportunities, visit www.RiverviewChamber.com or stop by the GRCC office located at 10012 Water Works Lane in Riverview between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. The office can also be reached at 234-5944 or info@riverviewchamber.com.

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Dunkin’ Donuts Celebrates Opening Of New Gibsonton Restaurant

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After a brief p.m. every day. delay, Vik Patel, According to a Tampa-based area marketing Dunkin’ Donuts manager Erin franchisee and Sheerin, guests owner of 25 can order and stores in the pay in advance at area, was the Gibsonton pleased to celelocation with the brate the grand Dunkin’ Donuts opening of his On-the-Go newest restauOrdering feature rant in available to DD Tampa Bay area Dunkin’ Donuts marketing Gibsonton in Perks members manager Erin Sheering serves customers July. during the grand opening celebration of the in the Dunkin’ newest store in Gibsonton. The new Mobile App. restaurant is located at 10608 New In addition to contributing to the East Bay Rd. in Gibsonton, sharing local economy and creating new the plaza with Goodrich Quality(GQT) employment opportunities, Patel Riverview 14 GDX Theater’s and the emphasized his passion for giving recently opened Zaxby’s Chicken. back to the community. The Gibsonton location is one of “I have always believed in giving four brand new full-service Dunkin’ back to the Tampa Bay community and Donuts Patel has scheduled to open in helping the local economy flourish, so the Tampa Bay area, with 25-30 in celebration of these openings, we’ve employees at each location. also been looking for ways to support Patel is also opening new stores in local charities,” he said. Clearwater, St. Petersburg and Tampa To date, Patel’s restaurants have just off West Hillsborough Avenue. donated more than $350,000 to non“I am excited to open these new profit organizations including Laughs stores in the area over the next few for Troops, a Riverview-based charity months, initially creating 100 new jobs, that does stand-up comedy for military with more to come,” said Patel veterans. President and CEO of Purple Square “It’s an honor to give back to such Management, the company that owns a deserving community,” Patel said. the Gibsonton Dunkin’ Donuts franFounded in 1950, Dunkin' Donuts chise. is now considered by many as The new location features a driveAmerica's favorite all-day, everyday thru, free Wi-Fi, indoor and outdoor stop for coffee and baked goods. seating, and is open from 5 a.m.-10 Visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

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Topgolf Tourney Seeks Participants To Help Raise Money For Attack Survivor

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Enjoy a fun locomotor exercises to recollect summer night at the act of walking again. To further the Second accomplish this goal, she also Annual Hope executes a number of different Classic, a benefit strengthening and balance exerfor Bloomingdale cises. Library Attack “Throughout Queena's time at Survivor Queena, Stay in Step, it has been an which will be incredible experience being able held on Sunday, to see how much she's excelled August 6 from 5from her thera9 p.m. at Topgolf py. The strides Tampa, 10690 she has taken Palm River Rd. have been an Participants will inspiration to all enjoy an allof us. The Stay American buffet, in Step staff is private cash bar, extremely excitLibrary attack survivor Queena relies on 50/50 raffle, community generosity to help fund her physical ed to see what therapy that insurance won’t cover. silent auction, Queena will be and of course golf. able to accomplish in the near future,” Money raised will be donated to the said Mike Lopez, Stay in Step Trainer family to help pay for ongoing medical, Technician. therapy, and homecare Queena’s sister, Anna Donato, expenses. Players hit golf balls containing has started a 501c3 non-profit organizacomputer microchips that track each tion called Hope Heals The Brain Inc. in shot’s accuracy and distance while also hopes to continue raising funds and awarding points for hitting targets on the awareness for families and individuals outfield. The venue offers an upscale, affected by traumatic brain injury in the laid-back experience with an impressive Central Florida region. food and drink menu. To register online and pay by credit For the last nine years, Queena has card, visit thehopeclassic.eventbrite.com. relied on the generosity of the community To register by mail and pay by check, to fund her continuous physical and occu- visit joinqueena.com/fundraisers/ to pational therapy sessions. download the form. The registration Stay in Step Spinal Cord Injury deadline is Monday July 25. The costs Recovery Center provides a very special, are: Sixsome $400; Individual $75; hands-on and effective variation of physiSpectator/Dinner Only $30. Contact cal therapy where Queena has made Donato at avdonato1@gmail.com or 956great strides. She performs a variety of 3822.

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Local Grad Serves On Navy Warship

By Petty Officer 1st Class James H. Green

A 2011 Riverview High School graduate, Petty Officer 2nd Class Gregory Drummond is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the guided missile destroyer, USS Michael Murphy. Drummond works as a logistics specialist aboard the guided missile destroyer operating out of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. A Navy logistics specialist is responsible for the ship's budgRiverview High School Graduate Serves Aboard et and making sure the ship Navy Warship In Pearl Harbor. has all the parts needed to sake, Lt. Michael P. Murphy. I'm proud complete the mission. of their teamwork and commitment to the “I like knowing that by getting people mission.” the parts they need I have a direct Approximately 300 men and women impact on the ship being mission ready,” serve aboard the ship. Their jobs are said Drummond. highly specialized and keep each part of With the ability to conduct anti-air the destroyer running smoothly. They do warfare, anti-submarine warfare and everything from to maintaining gas turanti-surface warfare, destroyers are bine engines and operating the highly capable of sustained maritime operasophisticated Aegis weapons system to tions supporting forward naval presence, driving the ship and operating small maritime security, sea control, deterboats. rence of aggressive actions on U.S. part“I am proud to serve on this ship ners around the globe, as well as because of its namesake and the sacrihumanitarian assistance. fice Lt. Murphy made,” said Drummond. “Service at sea onboard a Navy Challenging living conditions build destroyer is an incredible experience,” strong fellowship among the crew. The said Cmdr. Robert A. Heely crew is motivated, and can quickly adapt Jr.,Commanding Officer of USS Michael to changing conditions. It is a busy life of Murphy. “The extraordinary performance specialized work, watches, and drills. of Michael Murphy is made possible by Serving aboard a guided missile destroythe sailors that man her on a daily basis. er instills accountability and toughness Team Murphy is comprised of 350 talent- and fosters initiative and integrity. ed sailors from across our country. They “I am proud that I am putting myself are all resilient and dedicated profession- out there to help other people and be als, who strive each and every day to part of something bigger than myself,” uphold the strong legacy of our nameadded Drummond.

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Riverview Chamber Of Commerce Holds Ribbon Cuttings To Celebrate Local Businesses & Anniversaries FishHawk/Riverview Rotary

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FishHawk – Riverview Rotary Club Celebrates 15 Years

The Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce (GRCC) members were invited to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the FishHawk – Riverview Rotary Club in May. A large group of Chamber and Rotary members were on hand to partake in the ribbon cutting cereCrossFit 31 Celebrates Grand mony. The event was held at With The GRCC Opening Shrimp Boat Grill where the Rotary Photo courtesy of Ed Booth, Huth and Booth Photography GRCC members were invited to hosts its weekly satellite meeting. Members were invited to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the FishHawk – Riverview Rotary Club. celebrate with Current President new member Christopher Jones had the CrossFit 31 in honor of cutting the official ribMay. Several bon as Incoming President Chamber memMichael Broussard and Past bers along with District Governor of Rotary family and clients International Ed Odom stood of CrossFit 31 by his side. showed up to For more information about celebrate with a the Club, please visit www.fishribbon cutting hawkriverviewrotary.org. If you ceremony. would like to visit one of their During the meetings, the main club meets each Monday at 12 Noon Photo courtesy of Ed Booth, Huth and Booth Photography event, Honorary Deputy Mayor of inside the Beef O’Brady’s at Ribbon Cutting Held for the Party Room at Shrimp Boat Grill, Inc. Riverview 4330 Bell Shoals Rd. in Photo by Debbie Kirkland, GRCC CrossFit 31 for your special function seating up to 50 Rendee Hughes, Turner Cole Company Valrico. The satellite club Celebrates Its Grand Opening. guests. When the room is not booked – Real Estate Services, delivered a meets each Thursday inside a Party Room. In May, the GRCC memfor a private function it can be used for proclamation to CrossFit 31. the Shrimp Boat Grill, 1020 bers as well as FishHawk-Riverview additional seating space on busy nights. For more information about CrossFit Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico from 5– Rotary Club members were on hand to Shrimp Boat Grill is a family-owned31, please call 539-1580 or visit 6:30 p.m. conduct a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to and-operated business serving deliwww.crossfit31.co. You may email Kim celebrate the growth. ciously cooked comfort food and incredi- at kim@crossfit31.co to find out what Ribbon Cutting Held For The Party The Party Room is the home to the ble weekly specials in a relaxed atmosclass time is right for you. CrossFit 31 is Room At Shrimp Boat Grill, Inc. weekly Fishhawk-Riverview Rotary phere. Be sure to check out their Price located at 10905 US Hwy 41 S, GRCC member Shrimp Boat Grill satellite meeting, every Thursday from Fixe menu for some terrific deals. Gibsonton. has expanded their restaurant to include 5–6:30 p.m. The room can also be used

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Summerfield Crossing Golf Club Hosts Tournament To Raise Money For Stand-Up Golf Cart Two years ago Jason Blanchard had a bad skiing accident, shattering his leg in the process. Blanchard, Photos by Jason Blanchard who has The Para Golfer will allow easier access to the course for owned and disabled or injured players. helped run the Summerfield Crossings Golf Club since 2003 and has been a golf club professional for over 20 years, could not walk for about six months after his injury. During that time, Blanchard had a close friend whose brother became paralyzed from the waist down after a terrible car accident. Blanchard’s injury put things into perspective for him. He was not able to play the game that he loved while he recovered. He then thought of the man that was now paralyzed, who would never be able to walk again. After hosting a golf tournament at his club to help raise money for his friend’s brother’s medical expenses, he saw a piece of equipment called the Para Golfer. It is a golf cart that can help people who are injured or disabled stand and play golf. It became his mission to purchase a Para Golfer unit for his golf course, so that people with disabilities would be able to play as well. “When I saw how happy and elated her brother was to be able stand up and play golf again, it tore at my heartstrings,” said Blanchard. “I know how hard it was for

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Corr Elementary: An Exceptional School

By Keith Marsh

learn and for demonstrating progress both academically and socially. Thank you Mrs. Ferguson for your amazing leadership in developing Corr's ESE program in vision and resources. Another big, "Thank you!" has to go to Mrs. Faerber, the Principal at Corr Elementary, who has instilled not only a caring attitude towards all the children, but a culture that makes Jeremiah's progress

Everybody at school knows me as Jeremiah's Dad. I take him to school in the morning where his class welcomes him like he's the special kid on the block. And he does the same for them. At 11 years old, he is part of Corr Elementary's Exceptional Student Education program (ESE). He has a Jeremiah Marsh. micro-deletion on his 15th chropossible. mosome, which affects his speech and How can we say thank you? From overall development. He has difficulty with the front desk, to the teachers, staff and hard consonants at the beginning of the children themselves, Corr truly is an words. He also has myoclonic epilepsy. exceptional school. All of the children, and their parents, And, on top of that, there's Mr. O'Neil, are learning to overcome a challenge or the music teacher. Having 6 kids, I am a disability in their lives. veteran of school musicals. But, never in We were originally Jeremiah's foster all my born days have I seen one like Mr. parents; adopting him was the next step O'Neil’s. His creativity knows few limits. we chose. Though we can't imagine life Little did we know what we were in without him, it's not always easy. Other for when our assigned school said they ESE parents are heroes and role models couldn't help us with Jeremiah. But, never for us as they stay positive in the face of will I forget our first day at Corr! After a very challenging situations. It is an amazfew false starts waiting on paperwork and ing community! medical records, the big day finally My purpose in writing is simply to arrived. When we got to the front door, say, "Thank you!" When your life's jourJeremiah opened it, marched in with his ney faces medical, neurological or psyarms lifted high and declared, "I'm here!" chological mountains, you appreciate deeply those who reach out and help. So, Yes, Jeremiah you are. And so are we. Together we have become part of an here's a big shout out to all of the ESE exceptional community in every sense of teachers at Corr Elementary. Thank you for loving our kids, believing that they can the word.

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Phil and Michelle Colesanti reenact the famed Beatles crossing at Abbey Road while vacationing in London.

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According to Mark Twain, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” My husband Phil and I recently returned from a two week Tauck Rhine River cruise on the beautiful MS Grace, taking us from the city of Basel, Switzerland up to Amsterdam, Netherlands. After the cruise, we made plans to spend a few days in London, one of my favorite cities. Since our return, everyone asks me how we could travel to Europe, especially to London, given the recent terrorist attacks that seem to take place regularly. These attacks are unpredictable and frightening, but

should they keep you from visiting Europe? Practicing vigilance should be something that you do no matter where you travel whether in the U.S. or overseas. Always pay attention to your surroundings. Sometimes this gets lost in the wonder of seeing famous landmarks and sites for the first time. Common sense says to keep your passport in a safe place such as your hotel/ship safe; don’t carry it through the streets as you sightsee or shop. Make sure you have a scanned copy of your passport in your suitcase. I always keep a picture of the front page on my phone too. Ladies should carry their purses with the strap diagonally placed over the shoulder so that it is harder for someone to grab it. Don’t carry all of your money with you. Separate your money

and credit cards. Backpacks are a great option if you are carrying cameras and other heavier items, but make sure that your money, credit cards and ID’s are not easy targets if someone were to come from behind and attempt to get into your pack. If you are a man, do not keep your wallet in your back pocket so that someone could easily grab it. Our travels took us to London just one week after the attack at the London Bridge and Borough Market. The U.K. elections had just taken place and there was much turmoil within the United Kingdom. Our plans were already made and despite our fears, we decided to continue on. I am glad that we did. It is a lot different when you are looking at things from the inside out. Just as in the U.S., I could immediately sense the

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Deputies Clean Up Cemetary After Truckload Of Tires Dumped On Site Office District IV It is safe detectives to say that received inforillegal dumpmation regarding ing is an Wimauma resiunfortunate dent Victor reality, which Coronado, 31, keeps receiving a numHillsborough ber of stolen County Code appliances in Enforcement exchange for officers and money and narSheriff’s cotics. Office According to deputies HCSO, in busy countyresponse, detecwide. tives initiated an Sadly, investigation and those were able to responsible develop probafor such careless acts A large load of old tires dumped inside Bethlehem ble cause for a Cemetery in Dover. Responding to the call HCSO search warrant seem to deputies went beyond the call of duty and helped of Corondo's know no clean up the visual blight. Wimauma resibounds to dence, which resulted in the recovery finding places to dump their garbage of crack cocaine, along with a scale such was the case last month when and other drug paraphernalia. Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, During the search detectives also Environmental Unit and Rapid observed five GE appliances (three Response Team, responded to stoves and two refrigerators) that Bethlehem Cemetery located at 4028 were within the residence and a shed Bethlehem Rd. in Dover, in reference on the property and were able to to a complaint from the cemetery's determine that the appliances were caretaker. stolen in 2016 from several different Deputies reported that someone new home construction sites within had illegally dumped a truck load of the Riverview and Wimuama areas. old tires onto cemetery property. The total value of the recovered Although where the tires were illegally dumped was on private property, stolen property was $2,672. Coronado was arrested and deputies did not hesitate to go admitted Post Miranda to receiving beyond the call of duty, and decided the appliances in exchange for $20 to clean up the over 2,500 pounds of and selling the cocaine. tires to remove the visual blight for The investigation also led to those visiting their loved ones at the Samuel Solis, 43, of Wimauma, who cemetery. was already in jail on similar charges Shame on those responsible for and admitted to committing several the dumping and great job to HCSO new construction burglaries and traddeputies for serving the community ing the property to Coronado, with heart. deputies said. Coronado is also susFor more information about the pected of committing similar burglaSheriff’s Office, please visit ries within Manatee County. www.hcso.tampa.fl.us. For more information about the Deputies Make Arrest In Riverview Sheriff’s Office, please visit Area Construction Burglaries www.hcso.tampa.fl.us. Hillsborough County Sheriff’s

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Area 5 School Superintendent Sherrie Sikes Retires After 43 Years Of Service After 43 years working in the Hillsborough County Public Schools, Sherrie Sikes will retire as Hillsborough County School’s Area 5 Superintendent. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, but raised in Brandon, Sikes is a friendly woman who is passionate about children and the schools she has grown to love. Sikes is a product of the Hillsborough County Schools having attended Mitchell Yates Elementary, Horace Mann Middle School and Brandon High School, where she graduated in the class of 1970. She then went on to attend the University of Tampa (UT) and received her Bachelor’s degree. While attending UT, she was Miss University of Tampa and captain of the cheerleading squad for three years. She went back to college two more times in her career to get her Masters in Guidance, and then a degree in Administration. Sikes career is expansive and commendable. She started as a Physical Education teacher at Brandon High where she won the Teacher of the Year award. She then went on to be a guidance counselor at Plant City High School. When both Bloomingdale and Durant High Schools opened, she was part of each school’s inaugural staff. She was the chair of the Guidance Department and Assistant Principal at Bloomingdale High School. At Durant High School she was the Assistant Principal of Curriculum and eventually Principal. Sikes headed downtown to take

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Top left: Sherrie on the left with one of her principals Sue Burkett at Bloomingdale High School graduation in 2015. Top right: Sherrie on the right with her father and mother Don and Mary Fritz, with her younger siblings to the left Patti Gerdich, Carol Gerdich, and Ronnie Fritz. Right: Sherrie and her husband Dan Sikes sharing a moment with their grandughter Zie.

the General Director of Secondary Education position, but then moved back to become the Superintendent of Area 5. Sikes stayed active in each of the schools she served. This year alone, she made over 400 visits to her schools visiting with the teachers and students. A student’s hug could make her day. When asked if there was a moment in her career that stood out she replied, “Yes, at Durant High School when I was the APC Assistant Principal of Curriculum, we beat every high school in the county with the highest HSCT scores.” When asked her thoughts on retirement, she said, “It’s exciting, but sad leaving the students, teachers,

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The Hillsborough Canton, OH Police County Sheriff's Office Department". has received some much K9 Zeus, Justice, needed gear to protect Spector, and Max's vests several of its K9 will be embroidered with deputies. the sentiment, "In memoThe agency ry of K9 Ty, California announced recently that City Police Department". its K9s Karlo, Zeus, Delivery of the body Justice, Spector, and armor is expected by the Max will receive bullet end of summer. and stab protective vests “These dogs are not thanks to a charitable just working members of donation from Vested HCSO but are our famiInterest in K9s, Inc., a ly,” McKinnon said. “We 501c (3) non-profit chariowe it to them to do K9 Zeus ty organization that was everything possible to established in 2009 to assist law enforce- protect them while they are in harm’s ment agencies with this potentially lifeway. They are trained to protect our saving body armor for their four-legged deputies and citizens of Hillsborough K9 officers. County. There is an estimated 30,000 law HCSO is thankful for the generosity enforcement K9s throughout the United of Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. located in States. East Taunton, MA, whose mission is to The donation to provide just one pro- provide bullet and stab protective vests tective vest for a law-enforcement K9 is and other assistance to dogs of law $1,050. Each vest has a value between enforcement and related agencies $1,795 - $2,234, a five-year warranty, throughout the United States. and an average weight of four to five lbs. Since its inception, Vested Interest in The program is open to dogs activeK9s, Inc. has reportedly provided over ly employed in the U.S. with law enforce- 2,400 protective vests, in 50 states, ment or related agencies who are certithrough private and corporate donations, fied and at least 20 months of age. at a cost of over $2.1 million dollars. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s For more information or to learn with expired vests, are all eligible to parabout volunteer opportunities, please call ticipate. 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, HCSO Public information Officer, Inc. provides information and accepts Colonel Larry McKinnon explained that tax-deductible donations of any denomiK9 Karlo's vest will be embroidered with nation at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. the sentiment, "In memory of K9 Jethro, Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

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Pediatric Dentist Puts Focus On Creating Supportive And Educative Environment

By Caitlin Masessa

Carr Pediatric Dentistry is located in the Boyette Executive Center.

Can you imagine a world in which your child is begging you to go to the dentist? If you are a client of Carr Pediatric Dentistry in Riverview, this is a reality. Located in the Boyette Executive Center, the offices of Carr Pediatric Dentistry offer a “topnotch” team that are quickly becoming a staple in the community due to their supportive and nurturing approach to providing quality dental care to children and infants. “We have a lot of kids that cry when they are done because they don’t want to leave,” Dr. Natalie Carr-Bustillo said. Originally from Argentina, and after living in East Tennessee for a bit, it was in Apollo Beach where Dr. Carr-Bustillo truly grew up and the Tampa area where she thrived. “[Florida] is just home to me.” Her love for the Riverview area shines through at Carr Pediatric, where Dr. Carr-Bustillo strives to make the experience for her patients a positive memory. “We have iPads kids can play with, toys, and books to read,” Dr. Carr-Bustillo spoke of her strategy, “We also have

stuffed animals with teeth so that they can brush them.” However, these objects aren’t meant to distract the children from the sounds of dental work, but to make the experience appear less frightening to the eyes of a child. “While we give the parents a tour of the office, we’ll leave the child playing in the open room, watching other cooperative children so they don’t sense the fear,” Dr. Carr-Bustillo stated, “It gives [the child watching] a sense of ‘okay, if these kids can do it, so can I.’” Although Dr. Carr-Bustillo believes that exposing the child to the sounds of dentistry is an integral part for the young patients, Carr Pediatric strives to promote the education of dental health for both the patients and parents. “I love when parents come in with a list of questions,” Dr. Carr-Bustillo beamed, “While we speak to the parents about the medical history, we focus on educating the kids on good oral hygiene.” Dr. Carr-Bustillo also believes that the key to the business’ success is an outstanding team. “We have a lot of meetings where we just talk about how we can be better and provide the best service in the industry.” Carr Pediatric Dentistry is located on 11936 Boyette Rd. in Riverview in the Boyette Executive Center. For more information or to make an appointment, call 672-3368 or visit www.carrdental.com.

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At Pho Viet, Vietnamese Cuisine Becomes A Staple In Brandon

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If you’re authentic looking for a Vietnamese meal. “I fresh twist on focus on bringing the classic higher quality food dishes of to my customers,” North and Pham told of his South goal. Vietnam, do While it may be not look any impossible for Pham further than to choose his own The dining room of Pho Viet is spacious and Pho Viet, a favorite item from welcoming. Pho Viet sits proudly on West restaurant the menu, he does Brandon Blvd. devoted to recommend that introducing new customers try the Vietnamese cuisine very dish the establishto the Brandon ment his named after; the area. Sitting at Pho Soup. “I use beef 1202 W. Brandon because it has a good Blvd., near where flavor,” Pham gave a short summary of what an old Pizza Hut makes his Pho the best, used to be, the “It’s also healthier than location promises a relaxed dining experience that is only most options.” enhanced by the friendly staff as they Although foodies can only find Pho offer customers a cultural experience Viet in Brandon, Pham does aspire to through the variety of dishes offered. expand his business so that more peoAfter getting his start in the culiple will be able to enjoy his healthy nary business as a chef at his family’s approach to Vietnamese cuisine. “I’m restaurant, Pho Viet owner Thienan still looking for the right locations,” Pham decided that it was time to take Pham spoke of finding the right fit for the risk of opening his own spot. “My his business. sister owned a restaurant,” Pham To savor the best Vietnamese cuisine that Brandon has to offer, visit explained how he got into the busiPho Viet Monday through Thursday ness, “But it was my friend who from 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. The establishencouraged me to open a place for myself.” Since the opening of Pho Viet, ment is also open from Friday to as well as throughout his entire career, Saturday from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. as well as on Sunday from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Pham has never stopped striving Pho Viet is located on 1202 W towards being the best option when it Brandon Blvd, Brandon, FL 33511. comes to satisfying the craving for an

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The June and July publication of Florida’s Tampa Magazine has announced that Dr. Laura Bridges was voted as one of the top general dentists in the Tampa Bay area. Dr. Bridges was selected after Tampa Magazine sent ballots to over 900 active and licensed dentists practicing in the Tampa Bay area. The selection of Dr. Laura Bridges was a result of the anonymous voting conducted by active area dentists. According to Dr. Bridges, Tampa Bay has an amazing network of general dentist and dental specialists so to be recognized by her peers makes this award very special to her. Bridges Dental is located at 3646 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Valrico. New patients can make an appointment to see Dr. Bridges by calling the office at 6543399. Bridges Dental accepts over 14 major PPO dental insurances and offers its own in-house dental wellness plan for patients without dental insurance. Visit Bridges Dental at bridgesdental.com.

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Budget Blinds, an international window covering franchise with nearly 1,100 territories James and Elaine Trotter, franchise across North America, owners of three territories - Brandon, North Tampa and Land O Lakes, was recently announced Aspen Dental recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony to named as Franchisee of the Year for celebrate the opening of its new office in Riverview. James and Elaine Budget Blinds. Trotter as Franchisee ing from denof the Year, a top tures and denture repairs, to prevenAspen Dental Office Opening In recognition and award bestowed upon tive care, general dentistry and Riverview Makes Access To Care a local franchise owner with the best restoration. Easy overall sales volume in a single calenThe Riverview office is one of 66 Appointments are now available at dar year. Aspen Dental practices in Florida, a the new Aspen Dental office recently The Trotters, franchise owners of state where 65 of 67 counties, includopening at 13023 S. US Hwy. 301 three territories in the Brandon, North ing Hillsborough, are designated in Riverview. The office will be Tampa and Land O Lakes area, have as dental health professional shortage open Monday through Wednesday, 7:3 owned their Budget Blinds’ businesses areas by the U.S. Department of 0 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. since purchasing Budget Blinds in Health and Human Services. to 8 p.m.; and Friday 8 a.m. to 1 Tampa in October, 2008. This past The new Aspen Dental office p.m. as well as select Saturdays. year, in 2016, they achieved the highoffers patient-friendly programs and Walk-in and emergency patients are est sales volume in the company’s hisservices to make it easier for patients welcome. tory and improved by a double-digit to get the dental care they need, The new dental office is led by Dr. percentage over 2015. including: personalized treatment and Roya Rabbinifard, who received her “It is a great honor to receive this friendly service, affordable dental care, Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) prestigious award as Franchisee of the on-site denture lab and a denture degree from Nova Southeastern Year,” said Elaine Trotter. “Both Jim and money back guarantee. University. Dr. Rabbinifard and her To make an appointment, patients team will provide dental services rangContinued on Next Page


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I, as well as our entire staff, appreciate the opportunities of business ownership in the Budget Blinds network. Not only do we have strong ties with our fellow franchisees and staff at the corporate office, we have wonderful customers and friends in the community.” Active members of their local church group and local business associations, the Trotters are also involved in Habitat for Humanity, the Pediatric Cancer Foundation, Metropolitan Ministries and the national Veteran cause, Homes for Our Troops. “We feel blessed to give back to our community and help others in need,” said Jim Trotter. Services include expert measuring, professional installation and products backed by the best warranties in the industry. Budget Blinds also offers commercial window covering solutions. Visit budgetblinds.com/Brandon for more information.

Announcing A Cutting Edge Preschool Grand Opening Celebration

A new private preschool is enrolling students now, right in time for the new academic school year. The Language Immersion program at Children’s Academy is a private Spanish immersion preschool and child care center founded by Baldwin and Debra Sterling. Children’s Academy Language Immersion would love for you to join in on Sunday, July 23 for a grand opening celebration from 1-4 p.m. at 10560 Browning Rd. in Lithia. Enjoy a BBQ, DJ, obstacle course, Kona Ice, face painting, giveaways and much more. Invite your friends and family and come celebrate, tour the school, meet the teachers and have a family fun day with the Children’s Academy family. Visit us online at www.childrensacademyfishhawk.com for more information.

College Nannies and Tutors is the nation’s most complete resource for customized childcare services. CN+S+T offers full-time, part-time and on-call babysitters, customized nanny services and specialized tutors to help provide reliable and qualified Role Models that lead to happy children and successful students. Owner Steve Galloway understands the importance of helping busy parents find convenient and trusted childcare when they need it. “Whether it’s a lastminute date night, school holiday, unexpected sick day, or homework help with a ride to sports after school, we can help.” said Galloway. We provide a complimentary family meeting to create a custom care plan. CN+S+T’s convenient My Sitters™ app allows families to view 24/7 realtime availability for sitters that have been specifically matched with the family’s unique needs. Parents can choose their sitters knowing that all employees receive comprehensive background screenings, reference checks and ongoing training. Driving records and drug

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Plazza, Jimmy Mormino, Joe Plazza, ting on Wednesday, July 12 from 11:30 they chose to work in this industry a.m.-1 p.m. with raffles and hors because they love what they do. They d’ouevres until 6 p.m. came from Sicily in the 70's with nothing but their expertise in sculpting and craftPaiyal V. Popat, D.M.D., M.S. Joins ing marble and granite and a few close Hess Orthodontics friends. They Hess Orthodontics have now flourwelcomes Dr. Paiyal ished in the Popat to staff. She heart of Tampa attended the Harvard for almost 40 School of Dental years. “We Medicine where she enjoy creating received her doctorate counter tops and of Dental Medicine, unique design and then continued pieces that grab her education at the people's attenUniversity of tion.” California, San Their experiFrancisco where she ence in the earned a Master’s industry allows degree in Oral and them to Craniofacial Sciences transform and certificate in large importOrthodontics. Owners – Drs. ed slabs into Martha and Watson Dr. Popat is a Ducatel will host a real works of member of the ribbon cutting at their art. They can new medical and dental office on Wednesday, American Dental accommoJuly 12 from 11:30-1 p.m. Association, the date designs American Association from simple to exquisite, and offer an of Orthodontists, American Academy of impressive variety of granite and marble Developmental Medicine and Dentistry slabs stocked on-site. They fabricate and the American Public Health and install granite, marble, and quartz Association. counter tops and flooring. Classic Stone She loves the field of orthodontics Gallery can help with all of your natural where she gets to improve the beautiful stone renovations. They deal directly smiles of her patients during the most with the public and only charge by the square foot, which saves you money by not having to pay for full slabs. Call 2472840 or email for a free quote. It is located at 5724 E. Adamo Dr. in Tampa. The hours are Monday to Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Visit ww.classicstonegallery.com.

Healthy Bodies Medical And Dental Center Hosts Grand Opening Event

Owners Dr. Martha Ducatel and Dr. Watson Ducatel are proud to announce the opening of Healthy Bodies Medical and Dental, a new concept office offering full medical and dental services located at 3415 Brook Crossing Dr. in Brandon. For information or an appointment, call 540-5005 or visit healthybodDr. Paiyal Popat has recently joined the staff iesmdc.com. of Hess Orthodontics. Healthy Bodies Medical transformative years of their life. She is and Dental Center excited to return to her home state of is a center with Florida, where she is closer to her two the purpose of brothers and twin sister. During her optimizing its free time, Dr. Popat enjoys traveling, patient’s health. Its dancing, trying out vegetarian friendly belief is that the oral and physical state restaurants, and attending soccer and is important to personal health, happibasketball games. ness and family health. For more information on Hess The Brandon Chamber of Orthodontics, visit www.hessorthodonCommerce will be hosting a ribbon cuttics.com.

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Healthy Meals During Summer Break & Changes Ahead Of 2017-2018 Season Students To Receive Healthy Meals During The Summer Break

To make sure students receive nutritionally balanced meals this summer, Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) Student Nutrition Services (SNS) are now offering several opportunities as it rolls out its Movin’ Meals summer food service program. For the past six years, SNS has been bringing food into communities through its Movin’ Meals “food buses” providing thousands of meals. According to school officials, five retired and renovated district school buses have been selected to deliver meals into neighborhoods offering breakfast and lunch until Wednesday, August 2. Students can eat on the air-conditioned buses. The purpose of the annual summer program is to reach communities where children may not have access to a neighborhood school or park. The buses will stop at a number of locations throughout the area, including some serving the Brandon and Valrico Lithia communities. Hillsborough County Public Schools also offers the Extended School Year program, providing students breakfast and lunch at no cost at schools that provide summer school programs. Monday

Jeff Eakins announced a number principal changes involving eight schools for the 2017-18 school year. The changes were approved by the School Board on May 2. According to school officials, the selection process for new principals involves understanding the particular needs of a school and then seeking to New principal assignments began on June 5. Principal Appointments: -Lisa Varnum, Principal of Children line up to receive free lunch as part of the County’s summer food program. Thanks to the pro- Thonotosassa Elementary School, gram during the summer months nearly 4,000 free served at Yates Elementary School meals are served. as Assistant Principal for Elementary through Thursday, in select schools this Instruction summer, all children 18 years old and -Mary Hewett, Principal of Nelson younger can come to an open school, Elementary School, served at Nelson regardless of whether the child is enrolled Elementary School as the Assistant in summer school. Principal for Elementary Instruction For more information, please contact Principal Transfers: Tanya Arja in the Communications Office -Mary Freitas, Principal of Sickles at 272-4060. High School, served as Principal of Lennard High School New Principals And Assistant -Joanne Griffiths, Principal of Cimino Principals To Take The Lead At Local Elementary School, served as Principal of Schools Cahoon Elementary Magnet Each year principals retire, move or School earn promotions leaving a vacancy to be During its May 2, meeting the School filled with transfers or new appointments. Board also approved the appointments of As the 2016-2017 school years nine veteran assistant principals who reached its completion, Superintendent answered the call to transfer to a high

needs school. HCPS officials also emphasized that because of the investment in leadership at high needs schools, Hillsborough County Public Schools seeks to change the trajectory for students and lead them to the path of success. The newly transferred administrators to high-need schools bring a desire to support our students, families and community, school officials said. Assistant Principal Transfers: -Brad Brooks, Assistant Principal for Student Affairs at Shields Middle School, served as Assistant Principal for Student Affairs at Webb Middle School -Willie Hughes, Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction at Robles Elementary School, served as Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction at Clair Mel Elementary School -Jeanine Sadler, Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction at Clair Mel Elementary School, served as Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction at Stowers Elementary School -Robert Stingone, Assistant Principal for Student Affairs at Shields Middle School served as Assistant Principal for Student Affairs at Dowdell Middle School For a complete list of changes please visit www.sdhc.k12.fl.us.

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Summer Programs Will Keep You Busy At The Riverview Library

The Riverview Library is located at 10509 Riverview Dr. Programs are courtesy of the Friends of Riverview Library and the Hillsborough Library System. Call 273-3652 for programs Find Your Fur-ever Friend At which require registration or for more C.A.R.E. info. Check out this Dude! He's an Summer Movies at the Library adorable young Chihuahua/Terrier Beat the heat and enjoy a movie mix that's sure to steal your heart. on the library's big screen: Dude is an active little boy that loves Moana: Thursday, July 20 from to play fetch. He is also very loyal 2:30-4:30 p.m. - In Ancient Polynesia, and will follow you wherever you go. a chieftain's daughter answers a call Dude is still a puppy so he will need to break a curse and save her island. to be taught some basic obedience, Rated PG. Rated PG-13; for children. but he is eager and ready to learn. Secret Life of Pets: Thursday, As part of his adoption Dude is current on all of his shots, neutered, and July 27 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. The quiet life of a terrier microchipped. named Max is Come out upended today to see if when his this Dude is owner takes right for you; in Duke, a he won't be stray Max here long. instantly disApproximate likes. Rated DOB: Dec PG. 2016 Dr. Meatball Strange: the cat is a Tuesday, July sophisticated 25 from 3:30young fella 5:30 p.m. - A with a perfect former neurowhite mussurgeon tache to die embarks on a for and a cudjourney of dly personalihealing only ty to fall in to be drawn love with. He into the world is a gorgeous of the mystic orange tabby arts. Rated Sisters Kylie and Abby Coleman participate in the with a fun Home Depot Riverview free Kid's Workshops PG-13; sci-fi personality. offered from 9 a.m.-12 noon on the first Saturday of He would love the month. Abby, 4, has attended 22 workshops and violence and sister Kylie, 8, has attended 35. The sisters receive action for you to a completed project and coordinating pin at each throughout. come show workshop. Participants (ages 5-12) also receive a free apron and certificate of completion. To register, For Teens. him some visit homedepot.com/workshops/#store/6380. love and get Katie to know him! Adams Storytelling Haunted As part of his adoption, Meatball has House Tales: Wednesday, July 12 been neutered and micro chipped, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. - Open the door and is up to date on all of his shots. of this spooky house to discover fun, C.A.R.E. is an all-volunteer, nonnot-too-scary stories told with colorful profit 501(c)(3) organization and is shadow puppets. Presented by storyopen Tuesday to Saturday from 10 teller Katie Adams and is for grades a.m.-3 p.m. The shelter is funded K-5. solely through donations, adoptions, 3D Printing: Monday, July 19

sizes building community, making friends and respecting others. Grades K-5. Fly a Quadcopter: Monday, July 24 from 3-4 p.m. - Try out a quadcopter at the library. Learn the basics of controlling a quadcopter, and try to pass the pilot test. Recommended for ages 8 -14. Lost World Reptiles: Wednesday, July 26 from 2:303:30 p.m. - Gino Sassani presents live snakes and reptiles in this educational program about slithery creatures. For grades Photo by Lauren Bucciero K-5. Dude the dog. Beading 101: Tuesday, July 18 from 6-7:30 p.m. Learn the basics of beading and jewelry making with Jennifer Probst of Bead Different Jewelry. Create a wire-wrap bracelet with eclectic bead mix. Limited to 15 participants and registration is required. Tiny Houses: Saturday, July 22 from 10 a.m.-12 Noon - Make an adorable palm sized house key chain. Choose bright colors and patterns to Photo by Lauren Bucciero create a one of a kind key Meatball the cat. chain to keep or give to a from 3-4 p.m. - Have fun with 3D friend. Learn basic hand sewing and modeling and printing. Learn about embroidery techniques. No experithe 3D printing process, see a demo ence necessary. All supplies will be of the printer in action and learn to provided. Class limited to 20 particiuse Tinkercad to create your own 3D pants. Registration required and is objects. Recommended for ages 8for teens and adults. 14. Books and Bingo: Monday, July Stories Make the World Go 24 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. - Enjoy a fun Round: Wednesday, July 19 from game of Bingo where the prizes are 2:30-3:30 p.m. - Tamara Green’s free. Florida-centric storytelling empha-

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host a Veterans Job Fair on Thursday, July 20 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Amalie Arena, located at 401 Channelside Dr. in Tampa. This is a free hiring event for veterans, transitioning military personnel, santi, le o C e National Guard members, ll he d by Mic rver.com e il p m Reserve members and o C bse ospreyo @ e ll e military spouses. h mic RecruitMilitary has held 21 events in Tampa, drawing 8,819 attendees and 846 Veterans Job Fair Will Take Place exhibitors. “Last year, 52% of veteran In Tampa job seekers expected to secure an RecruitMilitary helps military veter- interview following a DAV ans and military spouses connect with RecruitMilitary job fair. Employers employers that seek to attract, hire were expected to extend as many as and retain America’s best talent. It will

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Open House Provides Information On Joining The Healthcare Profession

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Jehovah’s Witnesses Launch 2017 “Don’t Give Up!” Three-Day Summer Convention Series At Fairgrounds And Invite Public To Attend As part of its annual practice, 52 parts and will be presented in a and that he is now ruling Jehovah’s Witnesses have once again variety of formats, including interas King of God’s heavenly scheduled to hold a series of three-day views and brief discourses featuring Kingdom, which will soon summer conventions with the rather simhow God “supplies endurance” to bring peace to the entire ple, but powerful theme “Don’t Give Up!” all sorts of people, even today. — earth. The first of five conventions, three (Romans 15:5.) Additionally, it is their English and two Spanish, each expected Short videos are also designed belief that Jesus never to see nearly 6,000 in attendance is to help attendees discover how the claimed equality with God scheduled for the weekend of Friday, July Bible and even nature teach lesand thus is not part of a 14, at the Florida State Fairgrounds, sons about how to endure. Trinity. Expo Hall, 4800 U.S. 301, in Tampa. The Public Bible Discourse Jehovah’s Witnesses Judging by the content, the focus of entitled “Never Give Up Hope!” is are found at all level of this year’s program, center on the chalarranged to be given at each consociety; they do not physilenges in life, which the vention on Sunday cally separate themselves witnesses say can rob morning. from those who do not people of peace and Additionally, one share their beliefs. They even cause some to segment of a threelive, work and go to school Members of Jehovah’s Witnesses attend a regional convention. think about giving up part feature film entiwith people of different relion themselves or even tled, Remember the gious beliefs, but they Admission to each event is free and on God. Wife of Lot will be shown emphasize following Jesus’ example of no collections are taken. According to a each afternoon. being “no part of the world” by avoiding Jehovah’s Witnesses are members release on the According to the the unchristian prejudices and controverof a worldwide Christian religion who Witnesses website Witnesses, the muchsies that divide mankind today.—John actively share with others information JW.org., the 2017 conanticipated concluding talk about God, whose name is Jehovah, and 17:15, 16. vention shows how to on Sunday afternoon entiThe dates for the three three-day about his Son, Jesus Christ. They view enjoy a happy life now tled “Keep in Expectation English conventions are July 14-16, July first-century Christianity as their model and gain a real hope . . . It Will Not Be Late!” is 21-23 and July 28-30. Two, three-day and that living by Bible principles gives for the future. based on the scripture Spanish language conventions are also purpose to life, promotes strong family “More than 30,000 found at Habakkuk 2:3 scheduled to be held at the Fair Grounds ties, and develops productive and honest persons attended our and is expected to starting on Friday, August 4 and Friday, citizens. conventions last year strengthen all in attenAugust 11, 2017. It is the Bible, upon which Jehovah's from the Tampa area,” dance to endure and not “It is our purpose this year, that our Witnesses base all their beliefs, including Entitled, “Don’t Give Up!” said Joseph Lavore, a to give up. convention will benefit both Witnesses that Jehovah is the only true God, the Jehovah’s Witnesses expect to spokesman of As in years past, the and non-Witnesses because it promises see more than 30,000 in attenCreator of all things and that Jesus is the dance for their annual Regional Witnesses in the Tampa Jehovah’s Witnesses to empower individuals not only to keep Son of God. Convention. in the Tampa area. Bay area and around the enduring but also to cope with challenges The Witnesses believe that Jesus “We hope to have an even larger audiworld are participating in a campaign to in a productive way,” Lavore said. came to earth from heaven and gave his ence this year.” personally invite the general public from For more information, visit perfect human life as a ransom sacrifice, The three-day program is divided into their communities to attend. www.jw.org.

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Bloomingdale/ FishHawk Edition

Kraftologee Brings Craft Cellar, Coffee House & New Kids Playzone Concept To Riverview With only a wall separating craft beers and kid friendly entertainment, Kraftologee, a new craft beer, coffee house and kids creative playzone, has opened a space for both parents and kids to unwind. Longtime friends John Fontana and Chris Kraftologee ownHarman have coers Chris Harman collaborated to con- & John Fontana. (Top) Happy cusstruct a business tomer Isabella that combines high Escobar enjoys the quality drinks, food kids craft room. and glittery, colorful crafts. “We’ve been working on this concept for two years,” Harman said. “I’m most excited to see the kids enjoy it.” Fontana and Harman come together as a creative team that bring two different skill sets to the table. Fontana has experience doing kid friendly Lego-themed events with his business Bricks 4 Kidz. Harman is a talented musician. “We don’t have microwave pizza,” describes Harman. “Here, its all craft beers and high-end quality choices.” Their success is a team effort. With a barista trained directly from the famed Buddy Brew Coffee, experienced cooks and concoctions created by individuals with experience in the food and beverage industry, parents are drawn to healthy, quality choices. Kraftologee has a $10 per hour fee

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for the children’s craft rooms and a traditional check-in system but it is not a daycare. Parents must stay in the building and children must be potty-trained and able to work well beside others. “We had ideas, then we would come in and reform our ideas,” Fontana said. “We’re a new concept, still growing and changing.” Rooms are designated for children ages 3-5 and 510. “I heard about this through word of mouth,” said Lu Barns, a local mom visiting Kraftologee. “It’s something fun to do on a rainy day.” A visit to their Facebook page will reveal over 1,400 followers, a five star rating and reviews stacked with positive experiences and compliments to the local coffee shop. For information and to stay updated on the latest Kraftologee news visit the Facebook page at facebook.com/kraftologee/. Kraftologee is located in the corner of the plaza on Gornto Lake and Bloomingdale Ave. at 10312 Bloomingdale Ave. Ste. 101. Call 2523106 or visit http://www.kraftologee.com.

Volunteer Roadway Warriors Pick Up Snipe Signs To Fight Visual Blight

By Tamas Mondovics

Snipe become dangersigns—as they ous projectiles are known by during a storm or many—are the during lawn care. code violations “These illeseen by most gal signs are Hillsborough ugly and distractCounty residents. ing,” Staley said. They are “That's why we hard to miss, and yank them from for those that take Hillsborough County Code Enforcement volun- the ground and teers, Bill Staley and Jim Reed have removed the time to illegalpull them off more than 50,000 roadside snipe signs. ly litter the compoles, fences munity by plastering the impromptu ads and trees.” for garage sales, trash haulers, and Staley and Reed usually work on house buyers; that's the idea. weekends, and while they do not keep to In an effort to manage the illegal an assigned area, they mostly visit the snipe sign issue effectively, while working same routes gathering a couple hundred within its budget and resources, the signs per trip. The two keep track and Hillsborough County Code Enforcement record what they get on a spreadsheet. Department is grateful for local volunteers Code Enforcement emphasizes safewho enlist to fight the blight. ty so the volunteers wear reflective vests “We appreciate the efforts of our voland badges, and use crosswalks. unteers as they certainly help our cause,” “On a recent Saturday, I have countsaid Hillsborough County Code ed 150 signs on just one corner at the Enforcement Director Ron Spiller, while intersection of US 301 and Big Bend Rd. commenting on the assistance of a pair of in Riverview. code enforcement volunteers, Bill Staley The County's 30-plus Code and Jim Reed. Enforcement officers also remove the The dedicated duo of roadside warsigns, and thanks to a new County law riors, who could be fishing or playing golf, approved by the BOCC will be imposing have instead managed to pick up more a progressive fine on violators, which can than 50,000 “snipe’’ signs since they start- reach up to $250. ed in 2011. "I'm glad there's a volunteer program According to County officials Staley and we can help make the community and Reed began their community work in look a whole lot better," Bill said. Brandon and Valrico after realizing their For more information about rules, mutual dislike of the signs littering their regulations and fines in connection with neighborhood, not to mention the threat snipe signs, please visit www.hillsborto motorists and residents as the signs oughcounty.org.

 



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the disease, family members, caregivers and anyone with an interest in learning more about Parkinson’s. For more information or to register, call 661-8998 Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Rosecastle At Delaney Creek Summer Yard Sale

Rosecastle at Delaney Creek Assisted Living and Memory Care community is having a Summer Yard Sale on Friday, July 14. The event takes place from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Attendees can shop house wares, toys, electronics, clothing, This year's recipients of the Riverview Garden Club’s scholarships are Erin Hanson, Kayla La Torre, Victoria Torres-Smith of Lennard Sr. High and Jacob Ross of Durant Sr. High. jewelry and more and can also enjoy a $3 lunch special. All proceeds from the event will go toward the local Alzheimer's Association. Rosecastle at Delaney Creek provides seniors in need of Assisted Living, Alzheimer's & dementia care. For more information contact Stephanie Mullis, Marketing Director. Rosecastle at Delaney Creek is located at 320 S. Lakewood Dr. in Brandon. Call 655-8858 or visit www.rosecastle.life.

Hawthorne Health & Rehabilitation Center hosts a monthly support group for those diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and caregivers on the third Thursday of every month. The next meeting will take place on July 20 from 2-3 p.m. in the Media Center. The speaker will be Mary Blackinton, PT, EdD, GCS, CEEAA, associate professor at NOVA University. Topic: Balance and Walking. Physical, speech and occupational therapists will discuss treatment for issues related to balance, swallowing, talking and other skills that can be affected by Parkinson’s Disease. Hawthorne Health & Rehabilitation Center, located at 851 W. Lumsden Rd. in Brandon, is a skilled nursing facility with inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programs including speech, physical and occupational therapies. Hawthorne also hosts a dementia support group in the assisted living facility, as well as past meetings for those dealing with strokes, diabetes, low vision and other diseases. The Parkinson’s Disease support group is free of charge and open to those who have been diagnosed with

The Riverview Garden Club (RGC) raises monies for scholarships during its annual Plant and Rummage Sale in February. This year the club was able to give four seniors who met the RGC guidelines, $ 1,000 each. This year's recipients are: Erin Hanson, Kayla La Torre, Victoria Torres-Smith of Lennard

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Sr. High and Jacob Ross of Durant Sr. High. The RGC club assumes an active role in the community, awarding grants to Community Gardens also. Monthly meetings are open to the public and guest speakers provoke those in attendance to learn more about our shared environment as well as encourage our continued love of gardening.

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presented at the Joe E. Newsome High School Auditorium, located at 16550 FishHawk Blvd. in Lithia on Saturday, July 15 at 2 and 7 p.m. This high-flying Tony Award-winning musical has been performed around the world and delighted audiences for 60 years and is now adapted for young performers. Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell, visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and, with a sprinkle of pixie dust, begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for students and are on sale now by contacting Theatre Arts and Dance Alliance (TADA) at 571-0901 and at www.tadance.com.


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Riverview/Apollo Beach Edition

St. Stephen Holds Special Dedication For Much-Anticipated New Building

By Amanda Boston

Volume 15, Issue 6

Monster Jam® Triple Threat Series East Arrives At Amalie Arena August 19

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St. Stephen Catholic Church has a 14-foot cross affixed to the roof and an interior space of 30,726 square feet.

With more than a decade in the making, St. Stephen Catholic Church dedicated its new building in a formal and symbolic ceremony performed by Bishop Emeritus Robert N. Lynch of the Diocese of St. Petersburg. The solemn rite of dedication took place on Thursday, June 29 at 7 p.m., setting apart the church as a place of worship. The ancient ceremony observed dramatic rituals that included the conSt. Stephen Catholic Church’s sanctuary, gregation entering into the darkened which was formally dedicated on Thursday, church, the sprinkling of Holy Water June 29 through a formal ceremony. and the anointing of the altar with oil. at 10118 St. Stephen Cir. in Riverview. In May, the St. Stephen Parish In addition to the brand-new unofficially opened the church’s doors church building, the St. Stephen to the community when it hosted the Parish welcomes a new priest. On famous Broadway-style musical, The Saturday, July 1, Fr. Dermot Dunne of Cross and the Light. Guests in attenSt. Cecelia Roman Catholic Church in dance experienced the building’s Clearwater assumes the priesthood at exceptional architectural design that St. Stephen Catholic Church. In fact, houses plenty of space with a seating the two pastors are swapping parishcapacity of 1,500 people. es with Fr. Schneider assuming the “These are not just buildings but priesthood at St. Cecelia. places for the people of God,” said Fr. Furthermore, the parish ushers in Robert Schneider of St. Stephen who a new Mass schedule that begins on was instrumental in the church building Saturday, July 1. Weekend Mass project. “We are not just building a times are Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and beautiful church or a very functional Sunday at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and Family Life Center—the purpose is to 5:30 p.m. Weekday Mass is held in build up a stronger parish and have a the Chapel daily at 8:30 a.m. and on stronger sense of community and disciTuesday at 6:30 p.m. pleship,” he explained. For more information on St. Ever since the St. Stephen Catholic Stephen Catholic Church, call 689School opened in 2001, the church and 4900 or visit school have existed on two different www.ststephencatholic.org. The campuses. However, after years of church is located just off of Boyette planning, budgeting and building, the Rd. in Riverview. entire St. Stephen Parish now resides

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Calls To Artists Have Been Issued By The The Tampa Bay Lightning Puts Out A Call SouthShore Regional Library For Upcoming Shows To Area Artists The SouthShore Regional Library in Ruskin has issued two Calls to Artists for the Crawford Gallery juried shows. Area artists who are interested in having their artwork featured in the gallery are encouraged to apply. The first call is for Painting and Mixed Media. Those selected will have their artwork on display in the gallery during the months of September and October. An artists’ reception will be held on Thursday, September 7 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The second call is for Photography. Those selected will have their artwork on display in the gallery during the months of November and December. An artists’ reception will be held on Thursday, November 2 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Calls to Artists will run through July (for both shows). Interested artists can pick up an application at the Information Desk at the SouthShore Regional Library. Interested artists should complete the application and include a few samples of their artwork on CD or USB drive. Each artist should also include a one page document which includes biographical information with an artist’s statement about their work. According to Principal Librarian,

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Despite Requiem making the time of loss as smooth as possible, Captain Flacker is aware of the taboo attitude that is attached with the planning, and preparing, of memorial services. “It’s hard but you have to sit down and have that talk,” Flacker stated when confronted about how to prepare for the last goodbye, “You have to be able to see into the next Generation.” Although the conversation is hard to hear, and participate in, Requiem Memorial Services will be there to help you, and your loved ones, achieve closure so that you may keep on living. To learn more about Requiem Maritime Memorials, and the pricing of their packages, visit their website at http://www.requiem.life/. You may also contact Captain Denny Flacker directly at 598-1586.

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Resident Starts Summer Reading Superstars

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Local chilfirst graders for dren’s many years. I author/illustrator, was a substitute Connie Colon, is teacher for offering a free approximately summer reading seven years at program for kids. my son’s elemenYour child can tary school in New Jersey. become one of Reading to the Miss Connie’s students was Summer Reading always my Superstars. She favorite part.” An meets with grade Local resident Connie Colon is the author of active member of school children the children’s book Principal Kidd: School who are reading the Society of Rules, a book for ages 7-11 years. on their own to help make it fun. Each Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, will receive a bookmark and snacks will she now shares her stories with the be available. Participants are encourworld. She published Principal Kidd: aged to bring a book with them. This is School Rules, for ages 7–11, a humoraimed toward grades 3 -5, but slightly ous chapter book and the first of what younger or older children are welcome, will be a series with publishers depending on their reading level. Foundations Books LLC (www.foundationsbooks.net). The Hillsborough County school The group meets at Waterset’s district states in its website that reading Landing Cafe in Apollo Beach. Colon just five books over the summer can prefers that they choose the books. A prevent summer learning loss. Those good place to start is the Hillsborough who read recreationally have been County School’s recommended summer shown to perform better academically than those who do not. It’s always more reading: sdhc.k12.fl.us/doc/54/librarymedia-services/about/library-about/. She fun when friends are with us. According will have some copies of her book for to Colon, “Our first group wore silly hats sale as well, which she will gladly autoand took turns reading aloud. No one is forced to read out loud, but it is encourgraph. You may email her at connietaged.” She noted that they did a great colon@gmail.com to establish a job and all agreed that they would read day/time that works and include your at least one chapter a day at home from child’s name, age and the types of a book of their choice. books they prefer, and a “I’ve always loved reading,” stated parent/guardian’s contact phone numColon. “My mother taught reading to ber. Happy Reading!

LuLaRoe Business Is Passion For Local Mom & Now Offers Disney Designs

By Brittany Wallace

Ashley Kroslak, a Consultants and Kroslak is mother of two, is pasa spirited consultant. She sionate about fashion. sells the brand but wears it She works as an indealso. She is hosting an Open House Pop Up on pendent fashion conSaturday, July 15 from 10sultant for LuLaRoe, a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3222 allowing her to stay at 24th Ave SE in Ruskin. home with her children while earning Everyone is invited to money. This is what come and check out the DeAnne Stidham, the latest styles. CEO of LuLaRoe As fashion consultant intended for her Kroslak said “I feel that I brand. As a single Ashley Kroslak is wearing the help women see that Carly dress from LuLaRoe these clothes are just for mom, she came up with her two daughters, who anybody… I also bring my with the idea for are wearing the Sloan TLuLaRoe. personality to it.” Shirt. LuLaRoe is a LuLaRoe has grown clothing brand that offers women, men into a major brand; even Disney has and children fun inventive clothing, but partnered with it, allowing the brand focuses more on women. LuLaRoe to use its characters on its clothing. caters to women of all sizes, ranging As the brand keeps expanding, it hasfrom XXS to 3XL. n’t changed its focus of making each The company is known for its woman feel empowered and fabuunique patterns. What makes the patlous. terns so special is that only 5,000 Kroslak talked about who she copies of each pattern is made and thought LuLaRoe represented, she then it is gone for good. Although said “It’s your stay at home moms or LuLaRoe makes many different types business women. It really represents of clothing like dresses, cardigans and everybody. It’s clothing for everybody, more, it is famous for the ultra-soft leg- every size, and every background as gings. Some of the leggings come in well.” plain colors, but also offer an array of To contact Kroslak you can call unique patterns which are very popu601-4402, or email her at lularoe.ashlar. ley@gmail.com. Visit on Facebook The only way to get LuLaRoe is to LuLaRoe Ashley Kroslak to look at buy from independent Fashion some of her product.

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St. Joseph’s Hosts “Christmas In July”

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Gallon buckets full The will normally do Summer bite is the trick for a few on! Tampa Bay hours of Snapper offers a multifishing. Keep a tude of different continuous stream target species of chum even if this time of year. you are not catchIf you are in ing fish. search of the Eventually, if they “Grand Slam”, are around you now is a good won’t be able to time. Fishing keep bait on the the flats and hooks. For bait, I shallow areas like to use the during the mornsame cut-pieces ing and evening of bait that I am hours for Snook, Josh Corr displays a healthy Mangrove Snapper chumming with. In Redfish, and caught inside Tampa Bay on a 1/8 Oz HookUp general, I use the Trout will be Lures jig on a recent product photo shoot with same rig as fishing most productive. Capt. Travis Yaeckel. inshore for Snapper – about 24-30” of Fishing the bay and deeper areas 20lb Ohero fluorocarbon leader paired throughout the middle portions of the day with a 1/0 – 2/0 Circle hook. Free-line will keep the rods bent. Mangrove (drift) baits back in the chum slick and Snapper, Grouper, Cobia, and Mackerel present the baits in the same fashion the are just a few of the species commonly chum is flowing out the back of the boat. found bay fishing this time of year. Oh, A lot of times, these fish will eat a good and don’t forget the majestic “Silver King” ways behind the back of the boat-keep – Tarpon. Look for smaller pods of postletting it drift back. If free-lining is not spawn fish to make their way inside the working, the tide is probably not moving bay to feed on bait fish schools. very much. Add a small pinch weight One of the highlights for the next few (split-shot) and get the baits closer to the weeks on my charters will be Mangrove bottom. With technology these days, a Snapper. Large numbers of fish will gathgood bottom machine will be your best er along the deeper channels and rock friend. piles throughout Tampa Bay. These fish will congregate to spawn around the full moons in June and July. Captain Travis Yaeckel is a native resident of the SouthShore area and charters One key to catching snapper in full time for Redfish, Snook, Trout, and quantities is having a lot of chum. PreTarpon. He is owner and operator of Instinct made chum blocks are a great way to go, Fishing Co.,based out of lower Tampa Bay. but I prefer to catch my own bait and cut To book a charter, call 830-FISH or visit it up into one inch chunks. With the www.fishbyinstinct.com. Catch him on Tampa Fishing Outfitters Radio Show on amount of Threadfin schools in the bay Sunday mornings from 8-9 a.m. at 1040 right now, they are a perfect choice to a.m. Sports Talk the Team. load up on for cut bait. A couple five-

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Bell Creek Academy Football Joins SSAC, Gears Up For Fall Season By Tamas Mondovics

Bell Creek Academy quarterback, Damon Mercilliott takes the play into his own hands as he runs the ball for a first down.

Bell Creek Academy (BCA) tuition-free public charter school, located at 13221 Boyette Rd. in Riverview has been enjoying the spotlight thanks to the recent success of its various academic and athletic programs. The school opened its doors four years ago and has just graduated its first class of seniors, the majority of whom are ready to attend area universities this fall. BCA has also made great strides athletically, including the Panthers football program, which is now gearing up for its second year under the direction of program head coach Jason Smith.

Panthers running back Zach Swan gets some help from his team as he breaks through the defensive line.

The Panthers were also pleased to announce the decision to join the Sunshine State Athletic Conference (SSAC) facing a number of talented teams in the two-division conference. Smith emphasized that the program is in its building stages, and is gearing up for the new season, but in the wake of a 2-7, 2016-2017 record the players are ever more committed, dedicated and ready to learn. “We have learned a lot last year and have plenty to work on, but we are building the program and have every confi-

Bell Creek Academy Varsity football team takes the field cheers on by the BCA cheerleading squad.

dence in our success,” Smith said, adding that while the team is learning the basics and fundamentals, the players make the process exemplary. “This is the best group athletically I have seen, coupled with no behavioral issues. These kids are respectful and teachable. I am proud of them and thankful for a chance to coach them.” With a current roster of 30 plus players, and since the program does not receive funding from the school, the Panthers are relying on and are seeking local support and sponsors to cover the costs associated with each game. The Panthers are also appreciative

(Leesburg). For the 2017-2018 season, BCA is scheduled to play seven regular season games as well as the playoffs with Canterbury (Fort Myers), St. Edward's (Vero Beach) and Keswick Christian (St. Petersburg) on its district game lineup. With two new assistant coaches on the roster, the Panthers are focused on developing a winning mindset, under the motto; Embrace the Target. Visit www.bellcreekacademy.com. Sponsors are encouraged to contact Smith directly at 777-5828 or by email at bellcreekfootball@gmail.com.

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